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Clueless in Aotearoa

In search of where the world begins

September 19 to October 1, 2021

Back in the saddle and riding nor nor-east into the sunrise of a new day.

In search of that fickle golden light. That metaphysical Eldorado. That place up there on the coast where the world begins anew each and every day. On the trail from Wellington to Te Tairawhiti, the East Cape or of the North Island on another carelessly planned misadventure. 

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VEGAS!
I made it to Rotorua. Now where is the menu…

VEGAS!
I made it to Rotorua. Now where is the menu…

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Lake Rotoma after crossing from the coast on  Marathi Road. I recommend this way. Good climbing, especially up from the coast.

Lake Rotoma after crossing from the coast on Marathi Road. I recommend this way. Good climbing, especially up from the coast.

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Breakfast

Breakfast

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Heading inland today to Rotorua. Cracker last day in the saddle.

Heading inland today to Rotorua. Cracker last day in the saddle.

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I’ve been trying to find this for years… Te Kaha. Wow

I’ve been trying to find this for years… Te Kaha. Wow

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Calling it. Outside the Whakatāne  hotel. Cold IPA in hand.

Calling it. Outside the Whakatāne hotel. Cold IPA in hand.

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Milly and her barbers shop. I didn’t have a lot of business for her but enjoyed the chat all the same.

Milly and her barbers shop. I didn’t have a lot of business for her but enjoyed the chat all the same.

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Leaving the East behind. There is a good climb out of coast. Memorable ride…

Leaving the East behind. There is a good climb out of coast. Memorable ride…

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Tooooooo tempting

Tooooooo tempting

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The chapel at Otuwhare.

The chapel at Otuwhare.

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Away early. White Island in the distance.

Away early. White Island in the distance.

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